Monday, July 26, 2021

It's been so long

 It's been so long, I've forgotten how to blog. Sometime I forget I have a blog.

 My very quiet life has a little more noise in it as things slowly open up and while we're still careful, it's nice to see old friends (human and canine). We lost a dear dog friend to an accident, but got another one, a sweet puppy that I'll be walking regularly. And for the first time in two years, I'm cat-sitting again for my neighbouring felines, Coco and Calypso. So good to see them again.

One thing I returned to was cooking dinner every night. I used to throw something together, but no more. I take the time to plan and cook.

I never have luck with meringues, so I painted them. 


Be well, be safe, thank you for stopping by.

 

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Tuesday, June 08, 2021

What I'm doing

Basically minding my own business.

Enjoying the scent of flowers


 Nurturing a pot of rosemary on my balcony



Vaccinated but still being careful. I'll probably use a mask for the rest of my life - during flu season and crowded situations, for example.

 Be well, stay safe.

 

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Earth Day 2021

 Happy Earth Day!


 

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Latest from my little corner of the world

I received the Covid vaccine a week ago, and have an appointment for my second shot in the near future. I continue to mask up and social distance. 

With the weather warming up I've been bringing home some nature: a big pot of rosemary and smaller potted flowers. I don't have a garden so every year I create one on my balcony. 

This jade is from many years ago.


And this is my latest painting, acrylic on canvas paper.

SOLD

 Be well. Stay safe!

 

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Landscapes

 My latest landscape paintings, impressionistic, a little abstract. Painted on mixed media paper with acrylics.







 

 

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Friday, March 05, 2021

Still painting

I've been learning to mix my own colours. I used to shy away from that, especially as every colour imaginable is readily available in tubes, but that can get expensive and I don't need to create more clutter. Also, some colours you can only get by mixing: for example black on its own is flat, but mix it with ultramarine blue and you get a soft, complex black. 

This is my latest painting. Water and rocks. Acrylic on paper, 9x12 inches.



 

 

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Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Nightly Paintings

When I was a full-time painter, I painted at night. It worked for me. With the pandemic and staying at home, I rediscovered my nightly painting.

Monday night

SOLD

Sunday night

 


 The other night

SOLD


 

 

 

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Sunday, February 07, 2021

There hasn't been much to blog about lately. We are hibernating, waiting for the world the right itself. And painting.





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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Make your mark

 Mark making





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Monday, November 30, 2020

Nurturing young artists

My 7-year-old grand-niece has discovered the joy of art. She's informed me that she's drawing things based on my art (which is plentiful in her house).

I sent her a painting of a pear, and she made this. I'm impressed with the shape and the "shading".


She's also trying her hand at collage that I'm more than happy to encourage. She has a good sense of composition and colour.


 

 

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

And now it's mid-October.

I had a birthday.

I'm still here.

The days are getting shorter.

Let the stitching begin.


Stay safe. Better days are coming.

 

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Still here

I'm still here and working.

Altering Victorian cabinet cards. 

Doing some collage work. 

Painting a landscape in France (after Derain). The landscape is in France, not me - alas!

Stitching together a birdie; since I took the photo I added tiny white buttons for its eyes.



 Hoping you're healthy and coping well. Stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands. And thanks for stopping by.

 

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Heatwave

We're in week 3 of a heatwave. I eat a lot of this, cut up in chunks and ice-cold. Watermelon is mostly seedless these days, but a few sneak in. Stay cool, stay safe.



 Watermelon, watercolour/gouache, available in my shop




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Monday, June 15, 2020

Pretty little things

What I've been doing.

Sorting and assembling pretty little packages.

Find them in my Etsy shop.




SOLD
 




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Thursday, June 04, 2020

AQS

 I'm very happy to have contributed to the new issue of Art Quilting Studio.



 My article











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Wednesday, May 06, 2020

 This week I switched to sketching. It's something I used to do that fell by the wayside so I'm a little rusty. These sketches were made with water-soluble colour pencils - Inktensive by Derwent. When I first tried them, I used a wet brush over the pencil marks but I didn't really like the effect. So I dipped the pencils in water before I used them and that really worked for me.




 


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Monday, April 20, 2020

Week 4 of self-isolation

We are making memories.

Every day at 7:30 p.m., the hospitals' shift changes, and every day at that hour all over the city people come out on their balconies and front doors to bang pots and pans, cheer, clap, and lately there's even been a foghorn, to support our healthcare workers.

We have our share of troubles but I am incredibly grateful to be living under a very caring and proactive federal government. I give thanks daily.

Indoors, I'm triaging old artwork. I came across this one, acrylic and oil bar on stretched canvas, that I painted in the last century (haha!).

Dans le Midi (South of France)


 And this one, acrylic and collage

 

 Be well. Stay Home. Wash your hands. xoxo


 


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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Blogging in the time of the coronavirus

 I hope you're all doing well. I don't have much to say, as I spend most of my time at home.

I make two trips out for necessities, wearing my mask and gloves, and a daily evening walk in an isolated part of my neighbourhood. The exercise is a must and luckily anyone I come across respects distancing.

Indoors, I do the usual:

Playing


Stitching

Discovering old sketches
 


 Be safe. Be well. Wash your hands. xo






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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Wash your hands

 Long after this Covid is over, I will remember "Wash your hands" as being the slogan for 2020.

If you're reading this, I hope you're taking care of yourself and yours, and sending you positive energy. All is well in my little corner of the world; we're taking precautions, and helping those who need help.








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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Social distancing

I'm hearing a lot about social distancing. I think I've been doing that for a long time ... I work at home. That said, I acquired some good habits back in 2003 with the SARS outbreak which are proving useful today.

Anyway, I painted this over the last two days. I call her Angelica.


Take care, be safe, wash your hands. xo


  
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Art Quilting Studio

 I was invited to contribute to the Summer 2020 issue of Art Quilting Studio, and today I finished writing the article, a week before the deadline. It's always a great feeling to finish a piece. I wish I could show you the art quilts, but I can't. We have to wait until publication - June 1.

Meanwhile, a work in progress.





 

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Japanese story

I love the concept of furoshiki, the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. So I decided to make one .............


............... using Western fabrics.


I listed it in my Etsy shop, and it was purchased by a Japanese buyer in Japan. So I sent it off, feeling a little nervous for obvious reasons, but to my surprise and relief, the buyer loved it.


Sign me grateful!

Arigato





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Monday, January 20, 2020

New painting.

Ginger




 The photos don't do it justice. The colours are warmer in reality. Anyway, I'm just happy that I'm painting again!






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Thursday, January 16, 2020

The new year began with spring flowers... a lovely bouquet from a friend brightened up a grey day.


 

New work, getting off the ground slowly but surely. A quiltie showcasing an antique baby bootie.

In progress


Finished
 Available in my Etsy shop








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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas






Happy New Year





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